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Blues and twos for Vauxhall’s Ampera

Vauxhall’s range-extended Ampera is not just saving carbon emissions thanks to its unique drivetrain technology, it now has the chance to save lives too, as it takes on the role in the ambulance service.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will be the first NHS Trust to trial the plug-in petrol/electric car, to see how ultra-low carbon vehicles could be incorporated into its fleet of more than 900 vehicles.

Vauxhall Ampera ambulance

The ambulance service has set a target to cut emissions by 30 per cent by 2015 as well as reducing its fuel bill.

The Vauxhall Ampera is the first electric vehicle to be trialled by an ambulance service on a long-term basis.

“We are very excited to be the first ambulance service to trial an electric vehicle that will respond to incidents, reduce our emissions and provide significant savings on fuel costs. As it has both electric and petrol power we are confident that it is a viable alternative,” commented Richard Smith, Fleet Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Dick Ellam, Manager, Vauxhall Special Vehicles, said: “We are delighted that the Ampera was chosen to be the first electric vehicle to be trialled as a frontline ambulance vehicle by the NHS Trust, and we are confident that the Yorkshire Ambulance Service will be impressed by the Ampera’s durability, performance and economy.”

Launched last year, the Ampera is Vauxhall’s first and so far only electrified model. It uses a plug-in hybrid-type drivetrain, combining a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a lithium ion battery. It can travel for around 50 miles on the battery-powered alone, with the petrol engine used to boost the range to over 300 miles.

To make even greater use of zero tailpipe emission driving, the car can be recharged from mains electricity in six hours using a 10A/240V charge. It is rated as emitting as little as 27g/km CO2 and returning 235.4mpg combined, meaning the Ampera attracts no VED or congestion charge.

The car costs from £29,995 including the Government’s Plug-In Car Grant worth £5,000.

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Faye Sunderland

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